Elizabeth Ary
Elizabeth M. Ary
Trust Officer
JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA
Liz Ary is a Trust Officer for JPMorgan’s Private Bank who joined the firm in 2009. In her role, Liz works with families who have named JPMorgan as trustee or executor in their estate plans. While working closely with her clients’ attorneys and accountants, she involves other specialists on the JP Morgan team to provide comprehensive wealth management planning that assists clients to meet all of their financial and wealth planning goals. She began her banking career with Northern Trust in Naples, Florida. Liz is a member of the Louisiana and Florida Bar Associations and the New Orleans Estate Planning Council. Liz earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her JD from Tulane Law School.
Elizabeth Carter
Professor Elizabeth R. Carter
LSU Law Center
Professor Elizabeth R. Carter is the A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor of Law and the Judge Anthony J. Graphia & Jo Ann Graphia Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center, where she teaches and writes in the areas of trusts & estates, tax, family law, and comparative law. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the Law Center, Professor Carter teaches the courses in Federal Gift and Estate Tax and in Estate Planning in the University of Alabama’s LL.M. program in taxation. She is also an Academic Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Stephanie Gamble
Mrs. Stephanie G. Gamble
Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, LLC
Stephanie Gamble is a member of the law firm of Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, LLC, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, interdictions, tutorships and continuing tutorships. Stephanie is a native New Orleanian and a graduate of Sacred Heart, LSU and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2013. She is certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as an Estate Planning and Administration Specialist. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, by New Orleans Magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in the area of elder law and by Best Lawyers® in the area of Trusts and Estates. Ms. Gamble received her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court, and served as a Research Assistant for a professor and for the Dean of the College of Law.
Miriam Henry
Ms. Miriam Wogan Henry
Jones Walker LLP
Miriam Wogan Henry is a partner in the Tax Practice Group and a member of the firm’s board of directors. She focuses on estate planning, including family wealth transfer plans, charitable planning, and business succession planning, along with advising clients regarding fiduciary litigation and transfer tax controversy matters.

Miriam advises on trust and estate planning matters such as drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and marital property agreements. Advising clients in connection with gift and estate tax returns is part of Miriam’s practice, which includes representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax audits. She works closely with members of the firm's Litigation Practice Group in connection with fiduciary litigation and transfer tax controversies.

Miriam is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and currently serves as the Louisiana State Chair for ACTEC. She has been certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as a Board-Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to Judge Frank J. Polozola of the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana from 1997 to 1998.
John Hotard
Mr. John A. Hotard
Jones Walker LLP
Hobie counsels high net worth individuals, families, and closely held businesses on estate and trust planning, business succession planning, tax compliance, and the potential impact of new and emerging tax legislation.

Hobie works with clients to prepare wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and marital property agreements. He also works with clients in succession matters and advises them on preparation of federal gift and estate tax returns.

Hobie understands the highly sensitive nature of business succession planning and helps clients identify their unique goals, negotiate parties’ complex needs and interests, and navigate changes in control — all with the goal of preserving wealth and helping ensure business longevity. He also works with family offices and foundations to establish and administer charitable giving plans.

While in law school, in addition to clerking as a summer associate at Jones Walker, Hobie served as a judicial extern to the Honorable James L. Dennis of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also worked as an audit intern at the largest accounting and business advisory firm based in Louisiana. Hobie is a licensed certified public accountant in Louisiana.
Devin Jones
Mr. Devin G. Jones
Progeny Law Firm
Devin G. Jones is an attorney at Progeny Law Firm, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Incapacity Planning, IRA Inheritance Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid Services, Asset Protection, Business Planning, Charitable Gifting Strategies, Special Needs Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate.

He is currently a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, where he continues to grow his knowledge of Estate Planning. AAEPA is an organization that has attorneys who specialize in estate planning serve in over 130 geographic areas in more than 45 states, with Members that include some of the most widely recognized experts in the field.

Devin graduated from McNeese State University where he received his bachelor’s in political science with honors. He received his J.D. degree, with honors, from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he tutored in legal writing and was a member in the Public Interest Law Society, LSU Sports, Entertainment and Media Law Society.

Devin lectures throughout the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas on helping families understand key concepts in Estate Planning and Planning for Long Term Care costs.
He contributes his time as a volunteer to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation where he is a member of their Planned Giving Organization. Helping people leave charitable gifts in their estate plan. He is also a supporter of the Special Olympics, and Alzheimer’s Services of Baton Rouge and the national Alzheimer’s Association.

When Devin is not working or volunteering, you can find him on the golf course, any LSU sporting event, or traveling.
Erin Kriksciun
Ms. Erin E. Kriksciun
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Erin E. Kriksciun is a shareholder of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC and concentrates her practice in the counseling of high net worth individuals in their estate, tax, and property planning, including succession administration and fiduciary litigation. She also advises non-profit organizations on obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status. Erin graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2007. She earned an advanced legal degree in taxation from the New York University School of Law in 2008. She received her undergraduate degree in 2003 from American University and also received her Master of Arts degree in 2004 from American University. She is admitted to practice law in Louisiana.
Erin has been recognized several times as a Rising Star by Louisiana Super Lawyers and also as one of the top lawyers in the area of Trusts and Estates by New Orleans Magazine. Erin has also been recognized for her exemplary work by Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide. Erin is a member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council. She is the past President of the New Orleans Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
John Landry
Mr. John B. Landry Jr.
McNew, King & Landry, L.L.P.
John B. Landry, JR., is a partner with the McNew, King & Landry, L.L.P. law firm, located in Monroe, Louisiana. He received a B.S. degree in business administration, majoring in accounting, from Louisiana State University, his J.D. degree, with honors, from Emory University School of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida School of Law. Mr. Landry practices in estate planning, successions, federal and state taxation, corporate
law, business law, business transactions, real estate, and tax exempt organizations. Mr. Landry is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association - Corporation and Business Law, Taxation, and Trusts, Estates, Probate and Immovable Property Sections; The Mississippi Bar - Business Law, Estates and Trusts, and Taxation Sections, and the American Bar Association - Business Law, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, and Taxation Sections. Mr. Landry was elected to the Emory Chapter of The Order of the Coif, was Managing Editor of the Emory University Bankruptcy Developments Journal, and served as Graduate Editor of the Florida Tax Review.
Bryson McGuffey
Mr. Bryson Wills McGuffey
AWM Capital
Will McGuffey is a Private Wealth Advisor at AWM Capital, licensed attorney, and a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) who has unique experience and insight into the career and business of being a professional athlete.

As a former Major League Baseball Players Association Certified Agent who represented players for over ten years, Will brings a wealth of industry knowledge that will help us better assist and understand the complexities of the lives and careers of the clients we serve.

In addition to his time working as an agent, he spent the two years prior to joining AWM working as business management and financial professional for a firm working with professional athletes and coaches.

Will graduated from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and is a licensed attorney in the State of Louisiana.

Prior to law school, Will played baseball collegiately at Northwestern State University where he earned both a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Sports Administration.

Because of his diverse work history and educational background, Will has had the opportunity to be a guest lecturer at Rice University and Louisiana State University, as well as spending time as an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Linda Melancon
Ms. Linda S. Melancon
Legacy Estate & Elder Law
Linda S. Melancon, founder of Legacy Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC, is an attorney practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, "Elder Law," Medicaid and VA Benefits Planning, "Special Needs Planning," and Estate Administration (Successions and Trust Administration). Linda is a Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist, certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. She is also accredited by the Veterans Administration to give advice regarding veterans’ benefits. Linda graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University with a double major in business administration and history and then attended Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she graduated with her law degree in 1997.

While in law school, Linda received the Order of the Coif award for graduating in the top 10% of her class and was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. She is a member of the Louisiana Elder Law Task Force, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Baton Rouge Aging Network.

Also active in the community, Linda has served as a board member for the Ascension Council on Aging and The ARC of East Ascension. Linda also regularly presents educational seminars for the public, as well as professional groups, on the importance of proper planning.

When not working, Linda enjoys outdoor activities - particularly hiking, biking, and kayaking. Linda has three children and seven grandchildren and very much enjoys spending time with them.
Anna Priestley
Mrs. Anna Brown Priestley
Vice President and Trust Advisor
Regions Bank
Anna Priestley is a Trust Advisor with Regions Private Wealth Management, licensed attorney, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA), who helps clients confidently move their lives forward by protecting, growing, and transferring wealth.

She is originally from Slidell, Louisiana and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University in 2009. Anna received her Juris Doctor and Diploma in Comparative Law in 2013 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she served as the President of the Moot Court Board and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board.

Prior to joining Regions, Anna was an associate with McMichael, Medlin, D’Anna, Wedgeworth & Lafargue, L.L.C., practicing primarily civil litigation. She also served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the 26th Judicial District Court in Bossier and Webster Parishes.

Anna is a member of both the Louisiana and Shreveport Bar Associations. She currently serves on the Shreveport Bar Association’s Executive Counsel and formerly served as President of the Women’s Section. In addition, Anna has been a panelist for various CLE seminars in Northwest Louisiana.

Anna has been honored with both “Volunteer of the Year” and “President’s Award” for her contributions to the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier. She also serves on boards for the Krewe of Justinian and The Robinson Film Center. Anna was also recognized as one of Shreveport’s Top 40 Under Forty Young Professional in 2018. She has previously volunteered with the Shreveport Opera Guild, United Way of Northwest Louisiana, Junior Achievement of North Louisiana, and Girls on the Run – Shreveport.
Betty Raglin
Ms. Betty A. Raglin
Legacy Estate & Elder Law
Betty A. Raglin is an A-V rated attorney practicing in the areas of Taxation, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Estate and Trust Administration and Litigation, and Business Planning. Betty is Board Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Tax Law and Estate Planning & Administration.

Betty graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and then attended Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she graduated with her law degree in 2001. In 2002, Betty received her Master of Laws in Taxation from Southern Methodist University.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a co-author, beginning with the 2010-2011 Supplement, of “Estate Planning in Louisiana” (Thomson West, 1991).

A frequent speaker and humorist, Betty has presented on behalf of the law schools of Louisiana State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Southern University, and Tulane University. In addition, she is the former Chair of the Estate Planning Advisory Committee of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, and former President of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association.

Betty's hobbies include reading, traveling, and learning everything she can about New Orleans.